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06.19.2012 , 02:36 PM |
IA chapter 2 spoilers.
"Hey bug boy, she's baking again" Kaliyo called out to Vector, his meditation broken, the tiny Kilick companions chittered excitedly. There would be crumbs! Vector frowned troubled, something had changed in Shiloh, the smooth light green aura he had met her with was, stormy, sharp, dark. It had been like this for the past few months, ever since she had gone to work for the Republic, as a double agent, something in her had changed, and he worried. Cruumbs! the fingerlings urged, he stood up and followed Kaliyo to the galley.
Shiloh cracked another egg into the bowl, she was on her sixth batch of squares, having run out of ingredients for cookies. The cookies were piled high on plates, untouched, they were moist and chewy, the last of the Alderaanie chocolate chips used. He was there again, last night, in her head, the voices, the images. Chance had been there too, only he appeared to her as she had left him, body riddled with holes, the back of his skull was missing, she could see right through him.
I was scared Legate, I needed you to come, but I couldn't say it. I can say it now, onomatophobia.
You're mind is snapping agent, can you feel it. It's bending.
Watcher X purred in her mind.
Shiloh stired harder, then poured the batter into a pan, set the timer.
"Quesh has answers, I'm going to Quesh just as you said, you had better not be lying to me" Shiloh muttered to him, only he wasn't there, she had killed him too, executed him on Nar Shaddaa. She started stirring another batch, Kaliyo took off with one of the larger cookie trays.
"Thanks for the cookies agent nutso!!" She called over her shoulder
"Is that Alderaanie chocolate in those cookies?" Dr. Lokin inquired as he took a bite, "Oh dear, these are divine!"
"Doctor?" Vector looked again at the new arrival, he could see it, sparks in her aura, spitting and angry, she wasn't well.
"Physically she's fine Vector, I've told you this, and she refuses to talk about it....I can't help her anymore then I have." He gave the joiner a sympathetic look and followed Kaliyo to his med bay. Closed the door, a twinkle in his eyes.
"three cups of flour"
This is pointless
I just wanted help, I'm sorry!
"one and a half cups of cocoa....I'm out of cocoa, we'll need to pick up more."
You're wasting your time
"SHUT UP!! GET OUT, LEAVE" Shiloh screamed at both of them, she threw her last two remaining eggs at Watcher X, they passed through him, she heaved the heavy tray of cookies at Chance, they fell to the floor, breaking and spinning in every which way. She spun around, they were gone, she was alone in the galley, cookies and crumbs littering the floor, Vector stood in the doorway.
"We won't abandon you Agent" He said softly, he took a tentative step forward, the fingerlings escaped from his robes gorging themselves on the sugary confections. "We want to help you, you are in pain, we can see that."
Shiloh fought to regain her composure. She looked at Vector, this man, his voice calmed her, his dark black orbs engulfed her. She wondered how he did it, lived with the voices from the hive in his mind, she was breaking with just one, now two.
"What's wrong Shiloh" he wrapped his lips around her name, he enjoyed the cadence of it. "We might listen at the very least."
I'v been brainwashed, by the republic, i can't control my actions, they could order me to kill all of you tomorrow and there would be nothing I could do, I'm scared Vector, I'm terrified. I'm breaking, I see the faces of people I have killed, they speak to me, they stand in front of me. One of those voices is telling there are answers on Quesh, that's where we're going, I need my mind back, I need you to stay with me, I feel like I'm drowning when you aren't here.
Her lips trembled, she tried so hard to force the words out, "I'm fine Vector."
I'm not fine, I'm not fine, I'm not fine!
"No you're not" he stepped closer, he saw the desperation in her eyes, he wished he could hear her mind, it was so hard not hearing her inner voice, her aura wavered violently.
A single tear fell down her cheek, she sunk to the floor, Vector dropped down with her, never breaking his gaze.
Kiss me, make me forget, kiss me, you're beautiful and I want you like no one I've ever known.
"Have a cookie Vector, they're quite good."
Vector wrapped his arms around her and hugged her tightly, not knowing what else to do.
Force of Wills
Force of Wills: The Ties that Bind